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Growth Guide: Matthew 7:13-29

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1) Read together Matthew 7:13-29. What is one thing that stood out to you from these verses?                                                                                                                                                                                         
2) Jesus used alot of compare/contrast scenarios in these verses, why do you think he did this?                                                                                                                                                               
3) Discuss the wide road that leads to destruction and the narrow road that leads to life. What road are you currently walking down? In  John 14:6,  Jesus plainly stated " I am the way the truth and the Life"  In what way does this verse relate to the wide and narrow road?                                                                                                                                                                     
4) In verse 20, it says you will recognize them by their fruit. Then in verse 21, Jesus focuses on What good fruit produces. He says that obeying God is real fruit. What kind of fruit are you producing? Is your life consistently characterized by following Jesus?                                                                                                            
5) Jesus talked about 2 kinds of builders. One was wise and the other foolish. In what ways have you seen people being foolish? In what ways have you seen them being wise? Do you think you are building your house on the rock or the sand?   

Prayer

Lord help me to follow you with all my heart. I want to produce fruit that is good and pleasing in your sight. Help me to build a foundation the is built on the rock. You are my rock!!

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Growth Guide: True Prayer is Relationship

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1) Discuss this quote about prayer. "If you treat prayer like a laundry or grocery list, it will be a second thought, and not a first passion." Ernie Arnold                   

 2)  Jesus did not teach his disciples how to preach but how to pray. Knowing how to speak to God is more important than knowing how to speak to man. How intimate is your prayer life right now?                                                                    

 3) Read Matthew 7:7-11 together. From these verses what stands out to you?        

 4) These verses are written in the context of a Father/ Child relationship, Have you made the all important decision to surrender your heart and life to Him and join his family?     

 5) As His child he wants us to Ask Him. The reason we prayer is always about the relationship. Intimacy is key. What are some things you are asking God to do? Remember Keep asking and it will be given to you. We must continually ask. God already knows our needs, he wants intimacy with us in prayer.

 6) Seek-  means urgently petition or crave. In what ways are you joining God in seeking answers to your prayers? Zacchaeus climbed a tree to seek Jesus.

 7) Knock- In what ways are you continually knocking at the door in prayer? The widow kept pursuing justice until she got it. 

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